In today’s post, I’ll share 5 of the best queen size mattresses under $500. These are cheap mattresses that are still comfortable and supportive, so you can get a good night’s sleep (without breaking the bank).
Two quick notes:
This list does not include foundations or mattress accessories. Foundations are bed frames, boxsprings, and adjustable bed frames. Mattress accessories are bed sheets, mattress protectors, bed pillows, and blankets. Foundations and mattress accessories are both really important to complete your bed, and we cover them in other posts (see our guide on foundations here and our guide on pillows, sheets, and blankets).
In this post, I don’t go into deep detail. These are high quality beds at a low price point. If you want to learn more about what goes into making a budget mattress (technology and specifications), you can skip ahead to the sections at the end of the post on memory foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses, innerspring mattresses, and latex mattresses.
Now, let’s get started on finding you your new bed.
Why we like it: The Linenspa 8 inch hybrid is an affordable firm mattress. This makes it a good choice for back sleepers and stomach sleepers. The top layer is a plush layer of memory foam, but it’s very thin. So it’ll be enough for back sleepers and stomach sleepers but if you’re mainly a side sleeper, we recommend going to the next item on our list.
Why we like it: The Zinus 12 inch memory foam mattress is a great deal for its price. It’s 12 inches thick, so it’s going to be more plush or softer than the Linenspa 8 inch. That’s why the Zinus 12 inch mattress is great for side sleepers, but it’s not too soft for back sleepers. (If you’re mainly a stomach sleeper you will probably want a firmer bed).
Why we like it: The Lucid 10 inch model isn’t as thick as the 12 inch mattresses on our list, so it’s a little firmer. But it isn’t as firm as the 8 inch mattress on our list. Think of this bed as a medium firm and a great mattress for back sleepers. It offers just a little give, which means that your hips won’t sink too deep into the mattress, which is perfect for back sleepers. And because it uses memory foam, you’re going to get a lot of pressure relief from the Lucid 10 inch.
The IYEE 12 inch innerspring mattress gives you that familiar bounce of a coil mattress. It has a 9 inch pocketed ccoil, which gives this bed a lot of durability (it’ll last and is protected by a 10 year mattress warranty), and 3 inches of a comfort layer. Plus, the pocketed coils help cut down on motion transfer, which means if you’re sharing the bed, you won’t feel them move as much.
The IYEE 12 inch is a good choice for all types of sleepers, including side, back, and stomach. For $325 (and that includes free delivery for Prime members) it’s well worth it.
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Overall, one of our favorite alternatives to Tempur-Pedic is the Casper Nova Hybrid. This is a good alternative for people who like Tempur-pedic mattresses but just want something a little different, i.e. you liked your Tempur mattress but it just wasn’t “the right one for you.”
FYI: If you really don’t like the feel of a Tempur-Pedic and want something very different, check out the Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress (for an all foam bed) or the Saatva (for a coil mattress).
The Casper Nova Hybrid has:
Zoned support – The parts of your body that weigh the most get more support.
Breathable/ventilated foam that makes sure heat doesn’t get trapped in the bed
Very soft top layers that provide cushion and comfort – think of this as the cozy layer.
A sturdy and supportive base of innerspring coils. This is what helps keep your body aligned properly, helping you avoid back pain.
First, the Casper Nova Hybrid is a very soft mattress. It’s very supportive but very soft. We recommend it for side sleepers of all sizes and back sleepers of a light build (think under 200lbs). If you’re a back sleeper who is heavier or you sleep on your stomach, you’d likely be better off with a firm mattress. If you need a firmer bed, skip down to our review of the Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme.
The Casper Nova Hybrid is available in three different firmness levels: medium, medium-firm, and firm.
There are three main layers you need to know about:
The first layer of the mattress is made with a comfy foam called “Hyper-Elastic Polymer,” which contours to your body shape and provides pressure relief. Pressure relief means you don’t really feel yourself up against the surface. For example, go lie down on the floor. The floor is sturdy, but there’s no pressure relief. You’ll feel agitated at your shoulders and hips. With the Nova’s “hyper-elastic polymer” you won’t get aggravation in those pressure points.
The middle layer of the mattress is made with a transition foam that is designed to provide support and cushioning. A transition layer helps support the top layer, but also helps you from feeling the firmness of the bottom layer.
Because this is a hybrid, the bottom layer of the mattress is made with pocketed coils. These coils provide structure and support. And because they’re pocketed, they help reduce noise (no creaking) and motion transfer (which is when you feel your partner moving throughout the night).
TheSedona Hybrid by Brooklyn Bedding is another hybrid mattress on our list. (Hybrid mattresses are pretty common as they give you the benefits of both a foam mattress and a coil mattress.)
The Sedona Hybrid is made up of 6 layers:
The top layer is a cooling cover. The Sedona Hybrid uses a cooling fiber that helps your skin maintain ideal sleeping temperature (around 88 degrees).
The second layer is a 1.5” layer of copper infused memory foam. Copper is also a cooling material, so this layer of memory foam won’t trap heat or sleep hot. And because it’s memory foam, you’ll get a soft cushion feel.
The third layer is a smaller layer of micro wrappd coils. These micro coils are 2.5 inches tall.
Then beneath those micro cools is layer of 1.5” of translation foam. This foam is very dense and is meant to provide a gentle translation between the layers of microcoils and the main base of coils at the very bottom of the mattress.
The 5th layer is made up of individually wrapped coils. These coils offer edge support (where the edge of the bed is firmer/stiffer than the rest of the bed, which is great for sitting on the edge of the bed. Plus, the coils have zoned support, so they support you more in the parts of your body that tend to weigh the most.
The last layer is just a base layer of foam – thin but firm, that helps keep the coils in place.
The Sedona Hybrid comes with a 120-day risk-free trial period. The mattress is also backed by a 10-year mattress warranty. Try the Sedona Hybrid today.
3. Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme
The Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme is an all-foam mattress. It uses both pressure-relieving memory foam, that takes the pressure off your body, in the top memory foam layers, and firmer, more rigid non-memory foam as the base layer.
The Tea Leaf Supreme uses some of the same technology as mentioned in the previous two beds, but it also has some unique qualities. For example, fiberfill fibers under the Linen Blend cover help minimize moisture when sleeping, ensuring a dry, but plush experience.
All Keetsa beds include a 12-year warranty. Keetsa ships its beds for free to 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
TheLayla Memory Foam is a special bed because it is essentially two beds in one. With both a soft and a firm side, you can flip to the kind of mattress you prefer. And, like all beds in this list, foam is used in the bed to ensure softness.
Something unique and generous about Layla is that they offer a lifetime warranty on their beds. Layla offers free shipping to the 48 contiguous states.
Layla offers a 120-night free trial for the Layla Memory Foam.
TheNolah Evolution Mattress is another hybrid mattress, with Airfoam on the top layer and HDMax™ TriZone™ support coils below to maintain support. Three firmness options are available at checkout, making the Evolution a great bed for all kinds of sleepers; something to note though, the Evolution did win the Sleep Foundation award Best Mattress for Side Sleepers 2021.
At the time of writing, the Nolah Evolution is on a major sale. The Queen is going for $1,599 (normally $2,299) while the King is $1,799 (usually $2,499). A CaliKing is also available for the same price as the King. Nolah offers a gracious lifetime warranty for the Evolution.
The dimensions for the Queen Nolah Evolution Mattress are 60″W x 80″L x 15″H while the King dimensions are 76″W x 80″L x 15″H. It’s the tallest bed on this list. Nolah ships for free to the contiguous 48 states (per industry standard, as you’ve gathered from this article) and they ensure a 120-night free trial period for the Evolution Mattress.
The Saatva coil mattress is made with a combination of foam and coils, and it has four main layers:
The comfort layer of the mattress is made with a foam called “Euro pillow top,” which is designed to provide comfort and pressure relief.
The second layer of the mattress is made with a layer of memory foam that is designed to contour to the shape of the body and provide additional pressure relief.
The third layer of the mattress is made with a layer of polyfoam that is designed to provide support and cushioning.
Saatva’s support layer is made with a layer of pocketed coils that are designed to provide structure and support. The pocketed coils are encased in foam, which helps to reduce noise and increase the overall comfort of the mattress.
What to Look for When Shopping for a Tempur-Pedic Alternative (a Simple Mattress Shopping Guide)
There are several reasons why you may not want a Tempur-Pedic, but what’s more important is how to figure out which mattress you do want.
To help you, here’s a simple guide of things to keep in mind as you shop.
Know the Different Mattress Firmness Levels
Note: These might change slightly from mattress company to mattress company. For example, instead of an Extra Firm a mattress brand might use the language “ultra firm” and instead of a Medium Firm, they might say Luxury Firm.
Know the Main Mattress Types
Innerspring mattresses – This is the traditional mattress that most of us slept on growing up, and that most of us sleep on when we visit hotels. It’s mainly using coils with a few inches of filling/padded layers on top of the coils. This may be foam, but doesn’t have to be. Coil mattresses are often more affordable, more bouncy, and some people just prefer them. But if you’re struggling with pressure points or sore back or tossing and turning a lot at night, we recommend you look at memory foam beds and hybrid beds.
Memory foam mattresses – Memory foam mattresses are made from a type of foam called viscoelastic foam, which is a dense and soft material that is designed to contour to the shape of your body. Memory foam mattresses are known for their ability to conform to the body and provide pressure relief, making them a popular choice for people who experience pain or discomfort when sleeping on traditional innerspring mattresses.
Memory foam is made from polyurethane, which is a synthetic material that is made from petroleum. It is often treated with chemicals to increase its density and durability. Memory foam mattresses are typically composed of multiple layers of foam, including a top layer of viscoelastic foam and a bottom layer of denser foam for support.
One of the main benefits of memory foam mattresses is their ability to contour to the body and distribute weight evenly, which can help to reduce pressure points and increase comfort. They are also known for their ability to reduce motion transfer, making them a good choice for couples who share a bed. Memory foam mattresses are generally considered to be cooler than traditional innerspring mattresses, as they do not have metal coils that can conduct heat.
Hybrid mattresses – Hybrid mattresses can be a good alternative to Tempur-Pedic mattresses for some people. Tempur-Pedic is a brand of memory foam mattresses that is known for its high level of comfort and support. Hybrid mattresses also offer comfort and support, but they use a combination of coils and foam rather than just foam.
One of the main benefits of hybrid mattresses is that they offer a balance of support and pressure relief. The coils in the base of the mattress provide a sturdy foundation and help to distribute weight evenly, while the foam layers on top contour to the shape of the body and provide cushioning. This can make them a good choice for people who want the benefits of both innerspring and foam mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses are also generally more breathable than pure foam mattresses, as the coils in the base allow for better airflow. This can help to keep the mattress cooler and more comfortable to sleep on. Hybrid mattresses are also often more durable than pure foam mattresses, as the coils in the base provide added support and structure.
Know Your Preferred Sleeping Position
Tempurpedic alternatives for side sleepers
Side sleeping is a common sleep position, and it can be beneficial for people who experience pain or discomfort when sleeping on their back or stomach. When choosing a mattress for side sleeping, it’s important to consider factors such as support, pressure relief, and comfort.
In general, mattresses that are able to contour to the shape of the body and provide pressure relief are a good choice for side sleepers. Memory foam mattresses are often a popular choice for side sleepers, as they are able to conform to the curves of the body and distribute weight evenly. Other types of foam, such as polyfoam and latex, can also be good options for side sleepers, as they are able to provide contouring and pressure relief.
Hybrid mattresses, which combine elements of both innerspring and foam mattresses, can also be a good choice for side sleepers. The foam layers on top of a hybrid mattress can provide contouring and pressure relief, while the coils in the base can provide support and structure.
Here are 2 good Tempurpedic alternatives for side sleepers:
Purple: Purple is a brand of foam and hybrid mattresses that is known for its unique, gel-like foam that is designed to contour to the shape of the body and provide pressure relief. Purple offers a range of foam and hybrid mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
Casper: Casper is a brand of foam and hybrid mattresses that is known for its comfort and support. Casper offers a range of foam and hybrid mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
Tempurpedic alternatives for back sleepers
Saatva: Saatva is a brand of innerspring and hybrid mattresses that is known for its support and durability. Saatva offers a range of innerspring and hybrid mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
Leesa: Leesa is a brand of foam mattresses that is known for its comfort and support. Leesa offers a range of foam mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
Tempurpedic alternatives for stomach sleepers
Casper: Casper is a brand of foam and hybrid mattresses that is known for its comfort and support. Casper offers a range of foam and hybrid mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
Leesa: Leesa is a brand of foam mattresses that is known for its comfort and support. Leesa offers a range of foam mattresses in different firmness levels to suit different preferences.
When was the last time you replaced your mattress?
Most reputable mattress companies will have a 10-year warranty, but what does that mean exactly? Does that mean the bed will only last 10 years? There is a common – but misguided – jingle that tells consumers to replace their mattress every eight years.
The truth is mattress companies have an incentive in getting you to replace your mattress before it’s time. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your mattress?
The truth is it will depend on several factors, including the type of mattress you own, how it’s performing, and more.
In this post, we’ll cover all you ever wanted to know about how long a mattress lasts, by listing 5 signs that it’s time to get a new bed.
1. You’re Sleeping in a Canyon
Most mattress warranties focus on sagging or dipping.
This is when your bed starts to sag with you in it – much more than is normal. If you get out of your bed in the morning and you can see a physical indentation stuck in your mattress, it’s time to get a new one.
Sagging that is that dramatic is more common with memory foam mattresses or cheap budget mattresses, but it can happen to any bed, no matter how expensive, no matter the material.
Mattress pro-tip: Make sure your mattress rests on a sturdy foundation or “box spring.” What your mattress rests on is important. If you buy a new mattress, but don’t replace your old mattress foundation, then you might be setting your new bed up for failure. Especially if your foundation is old and worn down. You don’t need to buy the foundation that your mattress manufacturer makes, but you do want a specific kind. Make sure whichever foundation or bed frame you choose works with the guidelines set out your in mattress warranty details.
2. You Wake Up in Pain
Even if you sleep through the night, waking up in pain is no good. It’s like how you fall asleep on a couch. Most people can fall asleep quickly on a couch because it’s comfy. But after a night sleeping on a couch, you don’t feel so good. There’s likely to be a pain in the neck or shoulders.
If you find yourself waking up with back, neck, or shoulder pain, it might be time to get a new mattress.
3. Your Bed is Too Small!
Sometimes you need to replace your bed even when it’s perfectly comfortable. This usually happens when you’re moving or upgrading in size.
If you’re currently in a twin or full-size mattress and want to upgrade to a queen or king-size mattress, then it’s time to get a new bed.
4. You’re Tossing and Turning and Can’t Sleep
If you feel pressure on your shoulder or hips, sometimes you’ll spend your entire night trying to get comfortable.
But try as you might, you can’t seem to sleep for more than a few hours at a time.
Tossing and turning is your body’s way of telling you that you’re not being supported properly. There’s too much pressure on your joints and your brain is telling your body to move.
Pro tip: Eliminate tossing and turning by matching your sleeping position to the right mattress. Generally speaking, side sleepers will like a medium comfort level to a soft comfort level. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers will like a firmer mattress, something like a medium-fir to firm feel.
5. You’re Waking Up Hot
Some beds (like memory foam mattresses) trap heat more than others. It’s possible that you had a mattress for a while and it didn’t make you sleep hot. But if you moved or the weather changed or if your body just changed to you getting older, then what used to be a nice cool mattress can turn into a heat trap.
The good news is that most new mattresses don’t really have sleeping hot concerns. The mattress industry has become so advanced that even the densest memory foam mattress is likely to be cool and breathable.
So, How Long Does a Mattress Last?
Of course, the answer isn’t as simple as we’d like. The truth is it depends. But if we’re talking about averages, the best mattresses on the market will last anywhere between 8 and 15 years
Latex mattresses report the longest average lifespan. This makes sense as latex is a heavy-duty and eco-friendly material. Latex is very bouncy and tends to bend with the sleeper. Latex mattresses are also some of the most expensive mattresses on the market.
There are two types of latex: natural latex and synthetic latex. Natural latex is superior (more durable) but also more expensive.
Memory foam mattresses
We’re betting you’re surprised to see memory foam mattresses as the type of bed with the 2nd longest lifespan.
But quality memory foam mattresses are made to put up with a lot of wear and tear. The visco-elastic poly-foam that makes up memory foam conforms to your body and, when you get off it, bounces back to its original shape.
Innerspring mattresses are when beds start to give out sooner than they should. But the truth is most people don’t realize their innerspring mattress isn’t good anymore. Or they realize it, but don’t act on it. This is probably because inspiring mattresses already feel kind of lumpy and bouncy.
We won’t go deep into waterbeds, airbus, and futons but we wanted to take a moment to talk about hybrid mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses are some of the most comfortable beds on the market – so why the low lifespan?
Hybrid mattresses are so comfortable because they combine foam (usually memory foam) with innerspring coils. But this is what causes them to have such a short lifespan. See, the foam layer is laid upon the coils. This non-flat surface is full of tiny gaps and overtime the foam sinks into the gaps, causing the entire memory foam layer to slowly cafe.
Can a mattress last 20 years?
Yes, a mattress can last 20 years. While it isn’t common, a mattress can last two decades. If you’re on a mattress that’s comfortable and supportive and twenty years old, we recommend you keep it.
The only argument for getting rid of a twenty-year-old mattress (that’s still comfy and supportive) is whether or not the mattress is hygienic.
But if you kept the mattress cleaned (vacuumed it and covered it in a mattress protector) then there is no reason to get rid of a bed that helps you sleep at night.
How long should a memory foam mattress last?
A memory foam mattress generally has a lifespan between 8 and 12 years. This is assuming you’re not getting a cheap memory foam mattress that doesn’t come with a warranty.
If you’re sleeping on a high-quality memory foam mattress made with Certi-PUR® US Certified foam from American foam factories, then you can count on your bed lasting between 8 to 12 years (if not longer).
Is it true mattresses weigh double after 8 years?
There’s a common saying — usually repeated in mattress showrooms but also available online — that, after 8 years, your mattress will weigh double its original weight. The idea is that dust mites, bacteria, dirt, sweat will all seep into your mattress, causing it to weigh more and more. I’ve tried to look for the science or research that backs this claim up. And I’ve found nothing. I can’t even tell who started the claim originally, I can just tell you that it gets thrown around a lot.
It’s also pretty easy to debunk just by thinking about how modern mattresses are designed. Most mattresses today have at least a few inches of memory foam at the top layers. Memory foam is antimicrobial. It keeps out a lot of dust and allergens on its own. Plus, I think we’d know if we were sleeping on a mattress that weighed double its original weight because of our own filth.
Two things to keep in mind:
Older mattresses did weigh more. Foam was denser years ago. So if you go home and lift your mattress after a trip to the showroom, yes your mattress at home will feel heavier. That’s because it’s likely using denser and heavier foam.
Mattress protectors are important. Even if we can’t accurately say your mattresses will weigh double after 8 years, it’s still a good idea to use a mattress protector. It isn’t necessary (as some mattress sites try to make it sound) but the added protection does keep your mattress clean from stains, spills, and does also help keep out dust mites, allergens, and some can even protect against bed bugs.
Can I get a mattress topper instead of a new bed?
Mattress toppers are somewhat thick layers of foam — they can vary from 1 inch thick to 3 or 4 inches thick. They go right on top of the mattress and directly beneath your bed sheet.
The idea is a mattress topper can make your bed feel softer and more conforming. That makes sense because it’s adding foam. It’s less common to find a mattress topper that makes your bed feel firmer, but they do exist.
Its’ easy to see why customers are interested in getting a topper instead of buying a new bed. They are chaper and it’s also faster to buy a topper than go mattress shopping.
So, can you get a mattress topper instead of buying a new bed?
Yes and no.
If your main beef with your mattress is that it feels too firm, then a soft mattress topper may be an affordable and quick solution. But keep in mind that mattress toppers don’t always use the most high-quality foam. If you’re buying a mattress topper for a queen-size mattress, expect to spend around $150 or more. Anything less, then the chances are you’re getting cheap foam that will quickly break down.
If your mattress is sagging or otherwise defective, then a mattress topper won’t help. If you put a mattress topper over a sagging bed, your mattress topper will start to sag in a few months. That’s because your mattress topper, like your mattress, needs a supportive flat surface.
The best pillow is one that will provide you with comfort and support. But how can you tell which pillow will be the perfect one for you?
Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind as you consider different pillows:
Your sleeping position — Generally, stomach sleepers and back sleepers will like a thinner pillow (that’s a pillow with a smaller loft). While side sleepers will be more comfortable in a thicker pillow (i.e. a pillow with a thicker or medium to high loft).
Your body type — If you have a bigger build, you might be putting more weight into your pillow. So you might want a firmer pillow or dense pillow. But if you’re lighter than average or petite, then you may want a slimmer and softer pillow.
Your personal preference and specific needs — Do you like cool-to-the-touch pillows? Do you like pillows you can move around, twist, and contort? Or do you like one solid block of foam that doesn’t move? All of these factors matter when shopping for your next pillow. Plus, if you’re suffering from neck pain or back pain, then you might a specific type of pillow, like a contour pillow or orthopedic pillow.
In the post below, we cover the 15 best pillows under $50 in detail. But for those in a hurry, here are our favorites.
The Molblly shredded memory foam pillow is a great pick if you like soft, pliable pillows. It’s full of shredded memory foam. Unlike block memory, shredded memory foam is more breathable (air can flow through ti better) which means it won’t trap heat. It’s also going to feel a bit more like a traditional down or synthetic down pillow.
And because Molblly uses shredded gel foam, you can remove some of the shredded foam to adjust the height or loft the pillow.
For example, let’s say you buy the Molblly to help you sleep on your back. But when you try it out, it feels too thick for you. Your neck is propped up uncomfortably and it’s hard to sleep. You don’t need to return the pillow. Instead, you can unzip the side and take out as much shredded foam as necessary. Once the pillow looks thin enough, try it out and enjoy sleeping comfortably on your back.
Note: One con of having shredded foam like this is . . where do you put the foam once you’ve removed it? We recommend you put it in Ziploc bags and store it somewhere out of sight. You don’t want to throw it away as you can use that foam later, either to prop up your pillow or to replace your shredded foam years down the line when it starts to lose its pressure-relieving features.
Two king size pillows for $30? Sign me up! While the Utopia Bedding Gusseted Pillow pack is an absolute steal, here are more reasons to love it. Firstly, the white pillows with grey/ blue piping look no less than expensive pillows used in five-star hotels. But the gussets are not just for show but actually add to the durability of the pillows.
This pillow set strikes the perfect balance between softness and support, making it suitable for any sleeping position. They are also recommended for those who need extra neck support throughout the night. Although the pillows are hypoallergenic, if you are extremely sensitive to dust and allergens, we suggest using pillowcases or pillow protectors.
These medium-firm pillows offer maximum comfort and support. They are suitable for machine-wash but the brand recommends dry cleaning to ensure a prolonged life.
Medium-firm blend provides good support
Suitable for any sleep position
Gusseted quilted sides look luxurious and enhance durability
As the name suggests, the Beckham Hotel Collection Gell Pillow is filled with plush gel fiber making it feel close to a down pillow. It is an affordable set of two pillows that provide optimum comfort for any sleeping position. The 100% sateen cotton cover allows breathability and a cool surface for you to rest on.
Since the pillows are hypoallergenic, chemical-free, and dust mite resistant, they are highly recommended for people with respiratory problems and allergies. Also, the covers are fade-resistant so you never have to worry about your pillows looking old and worn out.
Another interesting feature of these luxurious pillows is that they are stain-resistant. However, if you do happen to have a strong stain, the pillows can be tossed into the washing machine without a second thought. Lastly, the brand offers a 30-day trial and refund period.
Budget-friendly down alternative pillow
Plush gel fiber
Breathable and cool cotton cover
Hypoallergenic, dust mite, mold, and mildew resistant
CertiPUR-US MEMORY FOAM: Our memory foam pillow is produced with a blend of polyester and bamboo viscose material. This is filled with brand new and high-density CertiPUR-US certified foam that retains its shape and won’t clump or go flat over time
CUSTOMIZABLE FIT: You can add or remove the filling made from precision-cut memory foam to adjust your firm pillow to your desired loft position. Whether you are a stomach, back, or side sleeper, start sleeping better today with the right support and comfort with Luuna ergonomic adjustable pillow
FIRM COOL PILLOW: The cooling pillowcase of our memory foam pillow is made from bamboo fabric, which will help you sleep cool and comfy all night. Plus, the special foam shredding of the sleep pillow is perfectly distributed, offering superior support while relieving pressure points on your head and neck to keep your spine aligned
REMOVABLE AND WASHABLE COVER: Our eco-conscious ergonomic pillow has a removable case that you can wash every 6 months to maintain a clean and fresh night of sleep every time. It effectively cools and distributes heat to prevent you from sweating when asleep
MADE IN NORTH AMERICA: In Luuna, we believe that better sleep brings a better tomorrow. This idea has driven us over the past years to continuously design and make in North America the highest quality sleep products available in the market
Machine washable and dryable
Fluffy and lofty pillow
Gusseted sidewalls help manipulate the shape
4 loft options
Cotton cover promoted more air circulation
Suitable for all sleepers
60-day trial and refund period, 10-year warranty
Care and maintenance instructions may be difficult for some users
Recommended by doctors, the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow never goes flat! Users love how you can customize the fill by stuffing as much shredded memory foam as you require. Plus, the bamboo cover is zipper removable, making it even easier to adjust according to your head size and personal preference.
Another advantage of the bamboo cover is its cooling properties and high breathability. Its orthopedic shape also makes it suitable for any sleeping position and pregnant users. In addition, to being hypoallergenic and dust mite, resistant, the brand uses Certipur-US certified foam and practices eco-friendly shipping.
This comfortable and cooling pillow comes with 120-day free customization, exchange, and no-cost return policy. Along with that, the brand offers a warranty period of 20 years.
Cooling bamboo viscose cover
Customizable shredded memory foam fill for preferred firmness and support
Zipper removable cover
Highly recommended for pregnant users
Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
120-day free customization, exchange and no-cost return policy and 20-year warranty
Filling the pillow and finding the right amount of firmness/ softness can be cumbersome
If you suffer from hot flashes, night sweats, etc., the wavveUziz Cooling Gel Pillow is an affordable option for you. While one side is covered with cooling gel, the other side features the uncovered memory foam. So you can switch depending on the prevailing climatic conditions.
The medium-firm pillow is best suitable for back and side sleeping and provides ample neck support throughout the night. The combination of high-density sponge and cooling pad helps prevent overheating, maintains the temperature, and disperses body heat. Sounds like a dream come true for hot sleepers. Doesn’t it?
Unlike shredded foam pillows, this pure memory foam pillow retains its shape and loft for a longer time period. Its consistent firmness helps in reducing neck and spinal pain. Additionally, its removable mesh cover is easy to wash, making the pillow’s care and maintenance a breeze.
Cooling gel controls temperature to prevent overheating, sweating, etc.
Suitable for back and side sleepers
Uncovered memory foam side can be used during colder weather conditions
The Beyond Down Gel Pillow is another alternative for the expensive down pillows in the market. The micro-denier gel fiber fill lends it a luxurious feel and softness that mimics a goose down pillow. Its gusseted sidewalls add more structure and support, a plus for side sleepers.
The 100% cotton cover with 300-thread count allows ample airflow and breathability while keeping the surface cool for you to sleep on. Also, the material is hypoallergenic which helps in maintaining a healthy sleep routine without triggering your allergies. Washing and maintenance is also easy peasy since the pillow is machine washable.
Although this pillow is best recommended for side sleepers, it provides enough comfort and firmness for all types of sleeping positions. It is one of the best pillows in the market if you are running low on budget.
Best budget buy
Recommended for side sleepers
Double-needle corded gusset for sturdiness and durability
Filled with gel fiber that feels as soft and luxurious as goose down
Cotton cover allows air circulation and breathability
An affordable alternative to Parachute’s down pillows is the puredown Natural Goose Down Feather Pillow Set. In less than half the price, you get two king-size pillows made of supreme quality material. Also, depending on the amount of support you need, you can opt for gusseted or non-gusseted options.
Made of grey goose feather and down, these pillows are comfortably thick and provide medium support. For users suffering from neck and shoulder pain, we suggest you pick from the gusseted variants for more sturdiness. Additionally, the brown gussets and double-layered fabric design reduce discomfort, if any, from the feathers.
Furthermore, the pillows are hypoallergenic, recyclable, and follow the Responsible Down Standard. Once unpacked, it is recommended that you pat the pillow to fluff it up sun dry it regularly for prolonged life.
Value for money (compared to some of the best down pillows)
If you are a side sleeper and heavily depend on support from the head to the hips, get your hands on the Oubonun Premium Adjustable Loft Quilted Body Pillow. What makes this pillow even better is its adjustable feature wherein you can unzip the hidden zipper and remove or add the filling.
The polyester fill is 100% hypoallergenic that protects from dust, allergens, pollen, pet dander, etc. You even get a complimentary cotton pillowcase to use with this great pillow. Also, this super-comfy pillow features anti-fading properties. Even so, difficult stains can be removed by machine washing.
When it comes to design, it is minimal with a white base and grey sides. So you can seamlessly match it with your other bed pillows. After unpacking, you will be required to press, squeeze, and fold the body pillow to fluff it up. If unsatisfied, the brand offers a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee.
Free cotton pillow cover
Recommended for side sleepers, pregnant users, etc.
The InStyle Furnishings Set of 2 Luxury Pillows guarantee superior comfort with its polyester filling and cotton exterior that offers a 233 thread count. You can even skip using a pillowcase because it is that soft and comfortable!
These hypoallergenic and anti-microbial pillows are the best option for users who are sensitive to dust and pollen. InStyle has made the pillows perfectly firm yet fluffy, closely similar to hotel pillows. Available in standard and queen size, we recommend you wait at least 24 hours for the pillows to regain their original form after unpacking.
Washing and maintenance is also no issue with these machine-washable pillows. You can even tumble dry it in ‘low’ settings. Overall, the InStyle Luxury Pillow is a smart choice for tight budget buyers.
The Coop Home Goods Adjustable Travel and Camping Pillow can be your best bud while you embark on a new journey. While jet lags are unavoidable, a good night’s sleep with the right pillow can help you freshen up. Whether you’re staying in or camping outdoors, your comfort will never be compromised.
This pillow is fluffy yet easy to pack with the water-resistant stuff sack that compresses it, allowing you to travel light. It is a durable memory foam pillow that molds according to the shape of your head and cradles it to relieve neck pain. Also, the bamboo viscose rayon and polyester material ensure breathability and a cool touch.
Do not worry about your allergies being triggered at night since the pillow is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. Lastly, the brand offers an irresistible 100-night return and refund policy along with a 5-year warranty.
Fluffy and adjustable loft pillow
Recommended for those who are always on the go
Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
Easy to pack as water-resistant stuff sack compresses it to half its size
Comfortable and durable
100-night trial period and 5-year warranty
Not a full-sized pillow
Stuffing may be too dense for some
Complaints about chemical odor
What to Consider When Shopping for Pillows Under $50
Type of Pillow
Depending on your needs and preferences, you can determine the type of pillow that is best for you. From size to shape— it is crucial to recognize the different types of pillows available in the market. For example, contoured pillows (a.k.a. Orthopedic pillows) reduce neck pain, body pillows are recommended for pregnant users, bolster and wedge pillows are great for knee support, etc.
Type of Fill
What goes inside your pillow? Memory foam? Down? Feathers? Microbeads? The list is endless! Find out how much firmness and softness you like and pick your pillow filling. Usually, down pillows are super soft and do not offer much support while memory foam pillows are supportive and promote pain relief.
Of course, no one wants to spend hours on handwashing and sun drying a pillow every week. Thus, ensure that you check the washing instructions beforehand and purchase machine-washable pillows. It will save so much time and effort in the future.
So you found a fluffy pillow. What next? Check if it is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, fade-resistant, etc. While the comfort level it provides is important, a good-quality pillow should also offer the aforementioned features.
You get for what you pay and most of the time, affordable products are often not up to the mark. Especially when you are buying them online. Hence, it is important to check if the brand offers a trial and warranty period. If you don’t get your money’s worth, it is your consumer right to complain and question the brand.
Next Steps: Choosing the Best Budget Pillow
Sleeping is a necessary activity since our body uses that time to repair and rejuvenate itself. Thus, getting the best pillow is important for sleeping undisturbed and waking up fresh the next morning.
With our list of the 15 best pillows under $50, we know that your new pillow will be an affordable and functional pillow that is just right for you!
Getting the best office desk is essential for one’s productivity. More so because of the ‘Work From Home’ setup that most of us are stuck with.
A good office desk should offer functionality, style, and not take up too much space. While working on your sofa, dining table, or bed does not sound like a bad idea, after a week or so, one cannot help but seek a proper workspace.
Hence, we checked multiple brands, understood their design, went through hundreds of customer reviews, and listed our top picks of office desks. Our list includes a mix of standing desks, computer desks, executive desks, gaming desks, and so on. Keep reading to find out more!
Who doesn’t love a wide and spacious desk with enough storage spaces? If you do then the Ikea LINNMON Computer Desk is a great buy. You can either get the LINNMON desk alone or combine it with one or two Alex storage drawers.
The LINNMON is made of particleboard, ABS plastic, foil, fiberboard, and polypropylene. It is a sturdy desk that can be used for all sorts of office/ schoolwork while the high-quality drawers provide plenty of space for storing files, stationeries, or even snacks! Also, both the pieces are designed in such a way that you can assemble them easily and place them in any nook and corner of your room.
According to the price, the LINNMON desk provides great quality and style. However, some buyers on Amazon have warned about the top of the table being prone to cracks and scratches.
Available in three sizes and four classy colors, the Jarvis Adjustable Standing Desk is just what you need for small spaces. It is simple, sleek, and versatile— everything you need when you are falling short of space.
This adjustable desk is sustainably made of bamboo which was grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Thus, the color of the tabletop has been achieved naturally. If you are someone who is trying to make environmentally conscious decisions without sacrificing on the aesthetic, the Jarvis is your best bet!
With a lifting capacity of 350 lbs, this convertible stand desk looks sleek but is beefy enough to hold all of your official paperwork. A small circular opening on the top-right corner holds wires to keep your desk organized. We think getting a desk this sturdy and functional under $1000 is quite a steal!
Adjustable height— four ergonomic presets on the programmable memory handset with LED display
Stylish and sleek, the Coavas Folding Home Office desk is another great option for small office spaces. When not in use, you can easily fold and store it in any corner of your room. It is also light enough to carry around for outdoor parties and picnics.
While it may not be the widest work desk, the waterproof MDF tabletop is spacious enough to keep your laptop, mouse, and more. Long-legged users will love the ample amount of leg space that this table provides. The metal legs may look flimsy but are surprisingly quite stable and sturdy.
Style-wise too, this folding desk earns brownie points from Amazon reviewers. Its modern and elegant look is easy to match with the rest of your home or office furniture. At once glance, you won’t be able to tell it’s a foldable desk.
Minimalistic and modern, the SHW Home Office 55-Inch Desk offers adjustable glides so you can place the desk on uneven ground. Available in four trendy colors, with Espresso being the most popular, this desk is a promising option for the current working from home scenario for most of us.
The sensible design of this desk features two grommets to organize your wires and an easy to clean tabletop. Also, it is easy to assemble and place in any part of your workspace. If you are looking for furniture for your office, SHW offers plenty of other designs that can be assembled together for a cohesive look.
Reviewers on Amazon love how sturdy and spacious the desk is which makes it suitable for office work, writing, gaming, etc. Overall, it offers great quality for that affordable price tag!
Another option if you have a tight budget is the Tribesigns 55-inch Office Desk/ Computer Table/ Writing Desk. Made of engineered wood and a metal frame, this desk is built to last. The waterproof and anti-scratch laminated MDF finish further prolongs its life. Stable, durable, and easy to clean… sounds too good to be true? There’s more!
This computer desk is also great for tall users looking for more legroom. It is large enough to keep a laptop/ desktop with a printer, etc. and some knick-knacks. Also, the table is easy to assemble, clean, and maintain. With just four legs and two leg bars with a hex key, the brand guarantees that assembling will only take fifteen minutes!
Additionally, the product packaging also includes leg pads so the desk can be placed smoothly even on uneven surfaces. This modern and wide computer table is one of the best home office desks available on Amazon.
Durable engineered wood and metal frame
Waterproof, anti-scratch, laminated finish
Assembling takes just 15 minutes
Minimal and modern desk
Easy to clean and maintain
Very large 55″ x 23.6″ tabletop
Includes leg pads to place on uneven work surfaces
Some complaints regarding the quality of materials
The Walker Edison Soreno 3-piece Workstation desk offers everything you can ask for in a budget desk. With a CPU stand and keyboard tray, you get a wide workspace with a fabulous, design, stability, and functionality. The clean lines of the L-shaped desk enhance its overall modern aesthetic.
The desk is made of beveled tempered glass and powder-coated steel legs which ensure durability and sturdiness. The included keyboard tray can be mounted on either side of the table while the CPU stand has a universal design. The step-by-step instructions manual is easy to follow but it might take quite a while for one to assemble all the parts of the desk.
Reviewers on Amazon swear by this 3-piece desk’s multi-functionality. Available in five stylish shades and six designs, you can choose the one that looks best with your office or home aesthetic. Be it working, studying, or gaming— this desk does not disappoint.
A high-quality and well-built option, the Office Hippo Professional Cantilever Desk offers a variety of colors and sizes in an affordable price range. The 1-inch thick desktop is easy to mount and the brand guarantees at least 5 years of durability.
The cable holes on each side of the desk also come in handy when you have way too many wires cluttering your workspace. Users on Amazon especially love the generous sizings of the desk. The largest model of the Professional Cantilever desk is wide and long enough to allow two people to work together with their laptops.
Especially for working from home, this desk is an impressive value for money. All you need is an office chair to go with it and you are set for your journey to productivity!
Although Tribesigns has not offered many color options for its Computer Desk with Hutch and Bookshelf, its multi-functionality makes up for it. Made of solid wood and heavy duty metal, the desk offers maximum stability. The wear-resistant and heat-resistant panels further enhance the overall durability.
This desk cum bookshelf has been designed in such a way that it is compact enough to fit anywhere but spacious enough to work comfortably. One can fit his/ her laptop/ desktop, tons of books, office supplies, etc. Also, the table top is easy to clean and maintain.
Assembling is also no rocket science as it will not take more than 20 minutes of your time. Adjustable leg pads make the desk easy to place on uneven surfaces. Additionally, we appreciate the rounded edges of the furniture for safety purposes. Other than students and office-goers, this desk is suitable for gamers as well.
Includes hutch and shelving system
Sturdy metal frame
Water-resistant, heat-resistant, and easy to clean desktop
Spacious yet compact
Adjustable leg pads
Easy to assemble
Complaints about receiving defective product
Things to Consider while buying Office Desks
Size and Space
According to the space of your office/ living room/ study room, etc., check what size of desk you can accommodate. Most office desks offer various sizes so make sure you go through the dimensions before making the purchase. Just because you wish to have a large workstation does not mean you can fit an elephant in a fridge!
While this depends on personal preference, try to opt for neutral or muted shades that will suit your existing furniture and the vibe of your workplace. Most of the time, various shades of brown are a good match for most colors.
Material and Quality
The material of the desk determines what it is ideal for. For example, a wooden desk is not a good option if your work requires you to write or draw on paper as it scratches easily. However, it is quite durable. We do not suggest splurging too much but compromising on quality is also not recommended. Make it a one time investment so try to strike a balance between your budget and quality.
Not all desks include drawers and bookcases but finding one which does is not impossible! For instance, the Tribesigns Computer Desk with Hutch and Bookshelf, Fenon Reversible Desk with Bookcase, John Lewis & Partners Abacus Corner Desk are great multi-functional pieces. After all, who does not love some extra storage?
With our list of best office desks, you can easily find your dream workstation! Keep in mind the points listed above and make sure you have your preferences sorted. Since we would not want you to regret any purchase, we have ensured that we include only high-quality and aesthetically pleasing desks.
The best upright exercise bikes can help one stay in shape, without hitting the gym. Sounds too good to be true? A high-quality indoor cycling bike can actually help you burn the same number of calories as an outdoor bike.
As more of us are sticking indoors to help battle the spread of COVID-19, an upright exercise bike with a comfortable seat, ergonomic and adjustable handlebars, is a great way to stay active and stay safe.
We have compiled our top 10 picks of the best upright exercise bikes to help you get started. The list includes upright bikes of different price ranges and system options.
The heavy-duty Schwinn 170 Upright Bike with a weighted flywheel provides the best workout experience at the comfort of your home.
However, the brand ensures that its high-end features do not hurt your budget. The steel frame makes this indoor exercise bike durable while the adjustable seat and handles provide a customized fit. The 25 levels of magnetic resistance offer more variety in one’s workout routine.
However, the bike’s USP is the DualTrack console which displays different workout programs, your heart rate, and allows Bluetooth connectivity for some music to go with your sweating sesh!
Impressive magnetic resistance system
Durable body, easy to assemble
Dual LCD screen, heart rate monitor, speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, etc.
Comfortably padded seat
Adjustable seat and handlebars
Water bottle holder
Additional shelf for holding your magazine, iPad, tablet, etc.
The Sunny Health and Fitness Chromed Flywheel Indoor Cycle Bike is your cardio companion when you cannot hit the gym. Relatively lightweight and quiet, this stationary bike offers an actual outdoor cycling experience. The adjustable seats and handlebar ensure you feel comfortable while the toe clips keep your feet in place throughout your cardio session.
On the contrary, the absence of an LCD screen to display your progress, and the inability to adjust the handlebar forward and backward are some major bummers.
However, in this price range, this exercise equipment is quite a deal for home use.
Closest to a regular bike riding experience
Water bottle holder
Lightweight and noiseless
Toe clips for a better grip
Adjustable seat and handlebars
Recommended for tall people
Does not display heart rate, calories burned, etc.
With a premium steel frame, the Marcy ME-708 ensures maximum durability and stability while you paddle your way to a fitter you! Its adjustable seat enables users of different heights to exercise on it comfortably.
Plus, the adjustable foot straps also add on to provide you more control. The magnetic resistance system makes for a challenging workout, similar to bicycling outdoors over different terrains.
Despite being lightweight and reasonably priced, this upright stationary bike does not sacrifice on quality and functionality. Its LCD display, albeit small, shows the important stats like calories burnt, time, speed, etc.
Adjustable seat and foot straps
8 levels of resistance
LCD screen displays important stats
Lightweight yet premium design
Does not produce any noise
No heart rate monitoring
Not much difference between various levels of magnetic resistance
The Schwinn Airdyne AD7 is a crowd-pleaser with its great versatility when it comes to weight, height, and fitness level of the user.
Its powder-coated, moisture repellant steel frame not just lasts longer but also looks ‘new’ for a longer period. The saddle is adjustable to suit the user’s height and the moving handlebars allow multiple gripping positions for an overall ergonomic experience. Its 26 blade fan wheel may look beefy but is surprisingly quiet while providing smooth air resistance.
Moreover, this air bike is the only Airdyne that offers workout programs. Overall, we highly recommend this bike for an intense cardio workout like HIIT.
Powder-coated, moisture repellant steel frame lasts long and looks fresh
Belt drive and 26 blade fan wheel promise a smooth and quiet ride
The Nautilus U616 upright bike combines performance and style with its sleek and solid frame that weight capacity of 300 lbs. It offers 25 levels of magnetic resistance and 29 in-built workout programs to test your strength and endurance!
It even features two high-resolution, backlit LCD displays that display your workout stats to keep you motivated. The weighted flywheel ensures consistency while the padded seat delivers some amount of comfort. The seat, handlebars, and cooling fan can be adjusted according to your preference.
Moreover, the in-console speakers, USB charging port, media shelf, and bottle holder provide an overall enjoyable pedaling experience.
25 levels of adjustable resistance and 29 workout programs for effective weight loss
Padded seat, grippy handlebars, and cooling fan are adjustable
Media shelf and large bottle holder available
Impressive secondary features to make your workout routine enjoyable
Sturdy steel frame
High-quality LCD screens are visible on low light conditions as well
Displays workout data like calories, speed, time, distance, level, etc.
Schwinn is the most renowned brand lauded in many exercise bike reviews so no wonder this is its third bike we have mentioned. With its strong frame and high-inertia flywheel, this bike will take your home workout to the next level. Reviewers on Amazon swear by the Schwinn 130’s DualTrack console that displays your stats and includes 22 workout programs.
According to your fitness level, you can choose from fun rides to more intense lower body workouts. The adjustable, padded seat and ergonomic grips on the handlebars provide a comfy and stable riding position.
Moreover, the transport wheels also make the bike easy to move around your house.
20 levels of magnetic resistance for more endurance workouts
Impressive console displays workout data and 22 workout programs
Large and padded seat, adjustable handlebars, and toe straps
Fair range of multimedia options, considering the price
If you don’t want to sacrifice on space by getting a chunky indoor bike, the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike is your best bet. Its magnetic body can be folded and stored into the smallest of spaces… even under your bed!
But don’t get fooled by its small footprint. This foldable bike has a weight capacity of 300 lbs and can be used by tall people as well. The extra-large seat is cushioned and adjustable to provide you an accommodating and comfortable ride.
Moreover, the LCD screen is a plus if you want to check your progress via the hand pulse rate monitor.
Recommended for small spaces
Cushioned and comfortable seat
Hand pulse sensors
Impressive central console and LCD shows important workout data
Fair range of weight and height capacity
8 levels of magnetic resistance may not be enough
Some low-quality parts make this bike suitable for light to moderate workouts only
The Flexispot Deskcise Pro V9 Desk Exercise Bike stays true to its name with its adjustable seat and desk. Its solid built provides stability while the magnetic tension resistance provides enough friction to test your strength.
The transporting wheels do not have a physical lock so the bike moves smoothly when not in use, and stays put once you sit on it. Typing on your laptop will not result in painful wrists with the desk wrist pad.
Also, you will be surprised to hear your typing makes more noise than the almost noiseless pedaling. Another interesting feature is the option of unscrewing the desk part and using the bike portion under a regular, full-sized desk.
The Xspec Foldable Stationary Upright Bike is a premium option for limited space. Lightweight and portable, one will be able to place this gym equipment in any part of your apartment. The thick, cushioned seat is perfect for long workout hours while the 8 levels of magnetic tension help build endurance.
Moreover, the foot straps provide more stability, the LCD screen shows workout details, and the anti-skid handlebars offer maximum grip.
However, some cyclists on Amazon have complained about the bike’s durability and noise while cycling. A major reason behind the two issues could be the movable interiors.
Portable and compact
LCD screen displays workout stats
Adjustable magnetic tension, seat height, foot straps, etc.
The Body Rider Indoor Upright Bike BCY6000 offers the exclusive Curve-crank Technology and an Inertia-driven steel flywheel for a smooth and safe ride. Exercising will never be boring with the media shelf that can hold your iPad/ tablet so you can enjoy music or movies while shedding some kilos. The comfortable seat, non-grip handlebars, and magnetic resistance levels are adjustable to your height, fitness level, etc. Moreover, the LCD screen displays your workout progress to keep you motivated. One downside of this bike would be the difficulty of assembling the parts.
LCD screen displays workout stats
Comfortable seat and handlebars
Adjustable according to one’s height
8 levels of resistance are not enough
Difficult to assemble, especially for beginners
Upright Exercise Bike Buyer’s Guide
Indoor exercise bikes can be grouped into three types— upright bikes, spinning bikes, and recumbent bikes. While spinning bikes are recommended for high-intensity workouts, recumbent exercise bikes are best for seniors, and anyone with joint pain. However, upright bikes bring you the best of both worlds of comfort and portability. Moreover, some upright bikes are of ‘dual action’ nature which allows upper body workouts as well.
Depending on your fitness goals and preferences, you can choose between magnetic resistance and air resistance. We would suggest opting for indoor bikes that offer higher levels of resistance for more gradual growth in strength and endurance.
Weight Capacity and Height Range
Users with average weight and height can find tones of suitable exercise bikes for themselves. However, if you are on any one of the extreme ends, you must invest in a bike that offers an adjustable seat and handlebars. This way you can be assured of the accommodating capacity of a particular bike. Trust us, you do not want to end up with an upright bike that your legs or hands can’t reach!
Feedback is important when one is on his/ her journey to fitness. With regular monitoring, one feels motivated to keep going. Thus, we recommend upright exercise bikes with LCD screens that display workout data like calories burnt, time, speed, etc. Some expensive bikes may feature two screens, the additional one showing the workout program or any fitness app that you may be using.
An exercise bike can require quite a lot of space so ensure you buy one that suits your living space. For apartments, we highly recommend foldable indoor bikes. Some of these bikes can even be detached from their handles or desks and can be used on your regular desk.
The seat is the most important component when it comes to comfort. Make sure you check if the seat is padded and thick enough to not cause any irritation while working out. Moreover, the height of your bike should also be suitable for your own height for optimum comfort.
Those were our picks for the best upright exercise bikes. It is best for all of us to stay indoors as much as we can in such difficult times. However, that does not mean we must turn into a couch potato! By investing in an indoor exercise bike that suits your body type, fitness level, and requirements, living space, etc., you can stay in shape without stepping out. Now, isn’t that a win-win situation?
I made this post because one time I brought a woman home from a bar after a long night out. I won’t get into all the details – like, you know, her leaving early because she had to work in the morning. But what I will talk about is my utter embarrassment when I realized all I had to offer her to drink was: a coke zero, nearly-expired milk, and a bottle of banana-flavored vodka I had leftover from an ill-fated party I threw back in college.
I realized that I needed to have an adult kitchen and an adult kitchen means stocking up on home bar essentials.
We’re not going to go crazy in this post. I’m not going to recommend that you keep fresh cinnamon sticks or constantly be buying fresh limes as you throw out the ones that go bad in the bottom of your fridge.
No, we’re going to focus on the bar items you need at your house to make a wide variety of drinks and not look like an idiot when you have people over.
A well-stocked bar leads to:
A more fun night
Expanding your drink horizons
Here are the home bar essentials that I keep stocked up on, including drinks I learned how to make.
The 4 Liquors You Should Have On Your Shelf
Vodka is a versatile liquor. You can use it to make vodka and soda, vodka and tonic, moscow mules (if you have ginger beer), a vodka martini.
It’s great for refreshing cocktails on warm summer nights.
Want something simple and aways refreshing for brunch? Make a screwdriver, which is vodka and orange juice.
Whiskey is another staple. You can drink whiskey neat or on the rocks or with a splash of water. You can also make whiskey sours and whiskey and soda.
Want something really easy? Have a whiskey and cola.
Gin is a little more unique. Most people don’t ask for gin, but it’s also a cocktail that shows your friends you’re seriously about cocktails.
You can make a gin and tonic for something easy, or a negroni for something a little more complicated. You can also make a Tom Collins, which is just gin, simple syrup, and soda water.
No bar is complete without tequila – learn to make margaritas (it’s not hard, as a real margarita isn’t the slushy drink you get at franchise restaurants).
Vermouth needs to a staple to make any home bar complete. It’s called for in hundreds of cocktails, whether you’re making a gin-based cocktail or a whiskey-based cocktail.
6. Soda Water
Buy glass bottles of soda water and keep them in your fridge. You can use them to make a vodka and soda – a crisp, refreshing cocktail. Or a whiskey and soda – something a little warmer.
7. Tonic water
Similar to glass bottles of soda water, you want tonic water to make gin and tonics, vodka tonics, and so on.
Even if you’re not a soda drinker – just keep two or three cans of coca-cola in your fridge. This lets you whip up an easy crowd favorite, like Jack and Coke.
The Three Tools Every Home Bar Needs
11. Cocktail ice cubes
Real mixologists know not to use normal ice when making a drink, even one as simple as whiskey and cola. Why? Because the ice melts too quick. Instead, get cocktail ice cube makers, fill them up with water, and let them freeze in the freezer. This way they’re ready to go whenever you need them.
The Extra Stuff to Make You Seem Fancy
Buy a jar of cocktail onions and leave it in your fridge. This way you can drop one or two in a vodka martini.
Like a jar of onions, a jar of olives can stay in your fridge until you need to use it.
Making a cocktail is a game of balancing out the sweet and the bitter. Bitters come in various flavors – from your standard go-to Angostura bitters to orange-flavored bitters, grapefruit bitters, and so on.
Adding a dash of bitters to the right cocktail – like when you’re making an old-fashioned, makes a world of difference.
15. Lemon/Lime Juice
Having fresh lemons and limes on hand is a hassle. The goal of having the home bar essentials guide is being ready on the fly.
Because of that, we like having lemon and lime juice in the fridge.
You don’t have to go buy all of this at once.
You can slowly build up your home bar essentials.
Here’s how I did it: I bought a bottle of liquor every month until I had a bottle of quality vodka, whiskey, gin, and tequila on my shelf (none of that bottom-shelf, well-brand).
Then I added mixers. Vermouth is the most expensive venomous at around $10 a bottle. Soda water, tonic water, and cola is super affordable.
Then I bought the extra items – jarred onions and olives, bitters, cocktail ice cubes, and lemon and lime juice.
In that way, over the course of a few months, you have all the items you need to turn your home into a respectable bar.
You can have friends over and offer them something besides a soda or bottle of water.
The next step – learning how to make some basic cocktails.